Mendoza: What does Pacquiao know about coaching?

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Friday, May 16, 2014


MANNY Pacquiao as boxer, no problem from Day One.

But Manny Pacquiao as basketball player? Or basketball coach for that matter?

Problem from Day One up to Last Day.

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No doubt he will end up with Kia Motors in the next PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) season.

Kia’s fears that it will lose Pacquiao in the Rookie Draft are unfounded.

No offense meant as I keep saying, but which team in its sane mind will snatch Pacquiao from the Draft? None.

In the first place, Pacquiao is and will never be a franchise player. Team owners are interested in players that can help win titles for them. Pacquiao, sad to say, does not fit that category.

In the second place, Pacquiao was never a star in any school or collegiate/university league. In fact, he has never played in one; and, not even in a barangay tournament or – to stress the obvious – in an inter-color meet.

So, don’t even think that one of the nine present PBA members will entertain the pretty silly thought of snaring Pacquiao. Farthest from their mind.

Common sense dictates Pacquiao is not worth investing in in basketball, if we go by the sheer thought of the long haul ahead.

Kia has its own reason for drafting Pacquiao – first as a coach and now, as a player.
Let’s respect that.

But the rule says all rookies must have to go through the Draft System before they can play in the PBA.

Is Kia trying to gain media mileage by persistently trying to appeal that Pacquiao need not go through the Draft anymore – even if that is an exercise in futility outright?

You tell me.

Still, I’d insist let us support Kia’s move to make Pacquiao its coach – even if that would mean the team could suffer because, you know what?

Harsh to say but what does Pacquiao know about coaching? And doesn’t Kia know this is the PBA, the country’s premiere basketball league and therefore the haven of everything exceptional and extraordinary in all aspects of the sport – coaching primarily?

Again, Kia has its own reasons for doing so. Sound or not, it’s still its call.

Some owners can be that stubborn, you know, if not stupid. Kia is no exception?

I can only wish Kia all the luck.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 17, 2014.

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